GARDNER – The Gardner-South Wilmington volleyball team came out on top after a match that took three competitive games to decide the winner Thursday night, as the Panthers beat Wilmington, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21.
Sophomore Marlana Ferrari led the offense with eight kills while senior Bryanna DeMoraes contributed six kills along with a team-high 13 digs. Julie Chambers tied the team high in digs, with 13, and Lexi Posing added five blocks, and Sophie Barna had 12 digs to help the Panthers to their second win of the season.
Seneca 25-27, Spring Valley Hall 19-25: The Irish won their season opener behind six kills each from Madison Wyss and Lexi Wilkinson. Jessi Clubb had a team-leading 16 digs to go with seven service points, including two aces, while Wilkinson had seven points and three blocks.
Newark 15-25-25, Aurora Christian 25-20-18: The Norsemen got off to a slow start in the opener, but eventually got the win. Lexi Zezanski led Newark with 14 points, including three aces, and added three kills. Marissa Friestad had 17 assists and 10 digs, while Rachel Lape had a team-high nine kills. Kelsea Zitt added six kils and seven digs, while Mel Kala had a team-high 14 digs.
Seneca 177, Westmont 206, Wilmington 238: Scoring for the Irish in the win at Nettle Creek Golf Course were Ben Rohder (42), Auston Jashari (42), Dan Armstrong (46) and Sean Baker (47).
North Shore Country Day 1, Morris 0: In the War on 34 in Earlville, Morris allowed a late goal and suffered the loss.
“Even though we lost, I was really pleased by the tempo of the game and how we moved the ball,” Morris coach David Valdivia said. “We had plenty of opportunities but they had the best one as they put one in the back of the net off a direct kick. Our goalie set up a nice wall and they kicked a perfect ball over the wall. They had the chance and took it.”
Morris (2-1-0) returns to action next week in the Streator Tournament.
Morris 5, Coal City 0: In singles action, Morris’ Megan Davy beat Carly McGinn, 6-1, 6-1, while Emma Dingbaum upended Kaily Albrecht, 6-0, 6-0. Morris also swept the doubles competition, as Leah Lines and Monica Davy blanked Katie McGinn and Krissie Haddan, 6-0, 6-0, Alyssa Larsen and Autumn See downed Val Bushue and Alana Phillips, 6-1, 6-1, and Sarah Roth and Hanna Burbuyls topped Ashley Matusiak and Reilly Hastings, 6-4, 6-3. In JV play, Morris scored a 4-1 win.
Minooka 5, Joliet West 2: Winners for Minooka were Rachel Schoell in singles and Grace Thelo and Gabby Hajduk, Emma VanDrie and Sarah Boringa, Paige Morris and Madison Kaufman and Michaela Pettnuzzo and Lexi Froidcoeur in doubles.
GRADE SCHOOL BASEBALL
Saratoga 9, Lockport Kelvin Grove 1: Chad Heren struck out five in six innings for the Hawks (9-0). Cody Bledsoe was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, while Jacob Overbeck (RBI) and Heren were each 2 for 4.
Coal City 10, Reed-Custer 0: Mickey McDowell was the winning pitcher for the Warriors (6-1), allowing three hits and only one walk with four strikeouts. Aaron McMurtrey and Dustyn Muzzarelli each had a single and double with two RBIs. Connor Skubic and Ryan Wasilewski each added RBI singles.